Disease pattern and chronic illness in rural China: The Hong Kong Red Cross basic health clinic after 2008 Sichuan earthquake
Publication in refereed journal

Times Cited
Web of Science12WOS source URL (as at 24/11/2020) Click here for the latest count
Altmetrics Information

Other information
AbstractBackground Medical teams might have difficulties preparing for deployment to rural towns due to a lack of prior information. The study objective was to identify the health needs and chronic disease prevalence of rural Chinese following a major earthquake. Methods Hong Kong Red Cross organised a basic healthcare team to Yanmen town, Jiangyou 3 weeks after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. A cross-sectional records-based study of all patients treated by the Hong Kong Red Cross basic healthcare team from 1 June to 19 June 2008 was conducted. Results Two thousand and thirty-four individual patient encounters occurred during the 19-day period. Musculoskeletal, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems were the top three categories and accounted for 30.4%, 17.4% and 12.7%, respectively. The 43.4% of the 762 patients with blood pressure measurements were above the recognised criteria for hypertension. Conclusions We identified that the management of chronic diseases was an important issue, especially with the high prevalence of hypertension found in our study. Medical responders need to be aware of the potential pre-existing disease burden in the community, with the possible exacerbation in post-disaster situations. Careful planning on the use of treatment guidelines with particular focus on the local health resources available and issues with continuation of care will provide better care for the patients.
All Author(s) ListHung KKC, Lam ECC, Chan EYY, Graham CA
Journal nameEmergency Medicine Australasia
Volume Number25
Issue Number3
Pages252 - 259
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsblood pressure; chronic disease; earthquake; hypertension; rural health
Web of Science Subject CategoriesEmergency Medicine; EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Last updated on 2020-25-11 at 01:46